Despite its manufacturing past, Liverpool is no longer a dingy industrial city, but rather a city full of music. It is home to the Philharmonic Orchestra and is the birthplace of The Beatles. It offers many free museums, parks, and good, inexpensive restaurants. Make sure to attend a street festival or two, and if you’re here in August, go to the Matthew Street Festival to enjoy one of the biggest music events in Europe. Most people come here for either the football or the Beatles, but there is much more to the city than that. Come stay awhile.
Hostel prices – Expect to pay about $17-25 USD for a dorm room, and $35 USD for a private.
Budget hotel prices – A typical double room in Liverpool costs between $55-130 USD per night.
Average cost of food – Liverpool has many good budget options for eating. Fish and chips will only cost you $8 USD. Delis will give you a good variety of cheap sandwiches for $8-10 USD, and some Indian restaurants have a big lunch portion for $10 USD. A week’s worth of groceries will cost around $65-80 USD. Eating out a nice restaurants will really eat into your budget though. Expect to pay around $32 USD for a meal at a sit down restaurant including a drink.
Transportation costs – Buses are reliable, and a day pass will cost $7 USD. The trains run every fifteen minutes and covers anywhere in the city you want to go. Prices vary by distance traveled, so do your research if going quite a distance.
Money Saving Tips
Free museums – Make the most of your visit and take in the city’s history by visiting the free museums here.
Top Things to See and Do
Watch a football match – Football is life here, and there’s no better way to see how the locals value the sport than to attend a match. You can see either Everton or Liverpool, but make sure to never root for the opposite team – the locals won’t like it, and you don’t want to cross soccer hooligans! They are tough.
World Museum – This museum is near St. George’s Hall and contains a vast assortment of British rocketry exhibits as well as one of the best Egypt exhibits around. Like all the museums here, it is free.
The Bluecoat – This gallery showcases artists of all sorts from painters and visual art to music, and dance. It’s free to visit and a great way to see some of the local art.
International Slavery Museum – This museum showcases the impact that slavery had not only on Liverpool, but the entire world. It’s a very sober museum, but also very detailed and helps show how Liverpool grew in importance during this time of history.
The Beatles Story – This is the only museum that is totally Beatles-themed, and well worth the visit to learn and see a part of music history. It includes some of their instruments and interesting facts. Admission is $25.50 USD.
Matthew Street Festival – very August, Liverpool puts on one of the biggest music festivals in the world and bands from all over England come to perform. It’s quite the scene if you’re visiting during this time
The University of Liverpool – The university has beautiful grounds that make for a lovely afternoon stroll. You can also take guided tours of the campus.
The Liverpool Cathedral – The Liverpool Cathedral is one of the finest examples in the world of Gothic revival architecture. On a clear day, the tower affords breathtaking views of Liverpool, Merseyside and beyond.
The Williamson’s Tunnels – In the early 1800s, a Liverpool tobacco merchant, Joseph Williamson, funded the construction of an enormous labyrinth of tunnels around the city and to this day, nobody knows why! Though there isn’t much in them, the tunnels are fun to explore. I just like trying to get lost.
Merseyside International Street Festival – Every year in the middle of July, Liverpool is host to a three-week extravaganza of music and art. This event highlights cultures from all over the world and there are tons of indoor and outdoor performances.
St John’s Shopping Center – This is the largest shopping center in Liverpool. There is a massive food court, and over 100 shops to check out. This giant complex is extremely popular and a great place to get in some shopping or just sit and people watch.
Merseyside Maritime Museum – This museum is host to a multitude of exhibits, highlighting the amazing story of 9 million emigrants and their efforts to get to Australia and North America. The two major highlights to see here are the Transatlantic Slavery exhibit and the Walk-through model of a typical ship.
FACT Media Center – The Foundation for Art & Creative Technology showcases film and digital art. There are two galleries here as well as three screens which show the latest art house releases (and occasionally mainstream releases). There is also a cool bar to grab drinks at and a café.
Albert Dock – This is considered to be one of Liverpool’s biggest tourist attractions. It is a ring of enormous cast-iron columns surrounding a five story warehouse. It is the country’s largest collection of protected buildings and is considered a world heritage site. There are several museums to check out as well as bars, restaurants, and an extension of London’s Tate Gallery.